What is Secobarbital (Seconal)?
Secobarbital (Seconal) is a barbiturate (bar-BIT-chur-ate) that slows the activity of your brain and nervous system.
Secobarbital is used short-term to treat insomnia, or as a sedative before surgery.
Secobarbital may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about secobarbital?
You should not use secobarbital if you have severe liver disease, severe breathing problems, or porphyria.
Some people using this medicine have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, walking, making phone calls, or having sex and later having no memory of the activity.
How should I take secobarbital?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never take secobarbital in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed.
Secobarbital may be habit-forming. Never share secobarbital with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
If you take this medicine to treat insomnia: Take secobarbital only when you are getting ready for several hours of sleep. You may fall asleep very quickly after taking the medicine.
Take secobarbital on an empty stomach. Do not take the medicine right after eating a meal.
Secobarbital is for short-term use only.
Call your doctor if your insomnia symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse after using this medication for 7 to 10 nights in a row. Do not take secobarbital for longer than 2 weeks without your doctor’s advice.
Do not stop using secobarbital suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using secobarbital.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Secobarbital is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.